A few months ago, when i learnt that i had to fly to Tokyo in early December on a work trip, i was extremely excited. I've just returned to Singapore recently after spending a few days in Tokyo. After a full day of presentations, I thought it might be a good idea to head out into the hustle and bustle of the city to wake myself up and brush away the cobwebs.
Almost exactly two years ago, I headed off to Yoyogi Park to look at the golden ginkgo leaves, I was unable to forget their beauty. Since then, I made a mental note to myself that I would always visit the place when the leaves were turning. So I decided to go to Yoyogi Park again this time round. To my consternation, the sky was already turning dark at 5pm. Nonetheless, the golden ginkgo leaves were still there. One of its highlights at the Yoyogi Park is seeing trees change color and be filled with “momijis” (red maple leaves). What is unique in Yoyogi is the ginko forest that turn into a breathtaking golden shade in autumn. From mid November to mid December is the perfect period to enjoy the unique colorful leaves. The main entrance of Yoyogi Park is located only 5 minutes walk from JR Harajuku Station.
Yoyogi Park is a beautiful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city. Set amongst the woodland are plenty of walking, cycling and jogging tracks.
There is plenty of seating, artwork and fountains to make a visit to Yoyogi Park worthwhile. The park is also a great place for that perfect photo opportunity with breathtaking views of the nearby Shinjuku skyscrapers.
The park is a very popular gathering place, especially on Sundays where thousands flock to listen to music or practice sport including several types of martial arts. There are several places to grab a drink or a bite to eat and several bicycle hiring kiosks.
Every season has its own particularities and its own festivities. And while a lot of people choose warm weather over the cold ones, I love the chilly and refreshing days. There is something beautiful and inspirational in those windy days where leaves fall and dance following the moves of the nature. The multiple colors all over are a perfect picture itself.
I always feel that the people who are living in a place that has Octobers and Novembers are blessed. And by that, I mean how lucky for them to have the opportunity to enjoy the joy of the four seasons. And let´s be honest, not every city or country has that gift. If we really pay attention to the simplicity of every day details, we will be able to discover how wise and magic nature is. Every season will bring new colors, new aromas, new sceneries and even new flavors to our food and new trends to our style!
A freelance Singapore-based travel photographer / photojournalist. I seek the extraordinary, but finds beauty in the everyday. Life is interesting, capture it.
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